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Village people on song

Imagine knowing your neighbours and having a say on what your neighbourhood as well as home looks like before moving in. It’s the premise behind Queenstown-Lakes social enterprise, Urban Village, which is now gaining serious traction. When formed, its principal driver was...

Remarks commune

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Wellington urban planner's building an affordable, off-the-grid, modern-day commune at the base of Queenstown's iconic Remarkables mountain range. David Lee's planning two eco-villages, each comprising about 15 to 17 owner-occupied cabins, and a 400 square metre house, along...

A pensioner’s paving peeve

A Queenstown pensioner has staged a sit-in protest to stop roadside paving outside her Frankton home being ripped up. On Monday, after more than two years of wrangling with the council, Janet Rutherford put a chair on the last piece...